Activity Report October 28 – November 3

Chancellor Garrey Carruthers

The great C & W singer Anne Murray sang, “I sure could use a little good news today.” I just happened to have some.  NMSU is a full-time recruiter and the good news from the field is, compared to this date last year, applications to attend NMSU are up 28 percent (277 total) in El Paso, 25 percent in New Mexico, and 50 percent in Las Cruces.  In addition, the SAEM team has awarded 1,906 scholarships to those students who have qualified through application to attend.  Great job SAEM team, Marketing and Communications, faculty/staff, and all who promote NMSU as the place to be.  While these numbers are terrific, we all have to work to make sure these students actually come to our great campus.

And while I am at it, and in the spirit of Anne Murray, the other good news is – working with Steven Smyth and Michael Mapp of the Aggie Pride Band and Andrea Tawney/Tina Byford of Advancement, I have elected to use some of the President’s Excellence Fund to purchase new uniforms for the Pride Band.  The current uniforms were purchased in 2005 and are showing serious wear.  Everyone loves the Pride Band. They are some of the best NMSU Ambassadors we have, and they are always available to make great Aggie music.

Now that I am really in the mood for good news, let me mention the following-former Regent Laura Conniff was recognized at the National Philanthropy Day awards in Albuquerque as the Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser and the Allen Theaters were recognized as Outstanding Business/Corporation in Philanthropy-both nominated by NMSU. Advancement already has commitments for 41 new endowed scholarships ($25,000 or greater) for Giving Tuesday representing, with matching money, $1.2 million new investment in Aggie Scholarships, and NMSU billboards as well as undergraduate admissions magazine received Gold Awards from a marketing association.  Great work Advancement team!

I visited with the faculty, staff, community leaders and the NMSU-A Advisory Committee in Alamogordo.  All seems very well with NMSU-A.  All are very pleased with Ken Van Winkle’s leadership. NMSU-A is aggressively engaged with the community with some very positive comments from Holloman Air Force Base educators, and the community leaders were pleased that the Search Committee would visit with them about their thoughts.

Executive Vice President and Provost Dan Howard

I spent Monday at the New Mexico Statewide Higher Education Master Plan Governance Sub-Committee meeting. At the meeting we considered a variety of possible governance structures for New Mexico higher education. After a thorough discussion, the overwhelming sentiment of the subcommittee was that we should retain our current governance structure, but enhance the authority of the Secretary of Higher Education. Just how much to enhance the authority is an ongoing topic of discussion.

On Wednesday, I traveled with Associate Professor Michele Shuster to Washington, DC, where we attended a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Universities Looking Forward Meeting.  The purpose of the meeting was to discuss sustainability of efforts to improve STEM education programs. There were many take away lessons for me, but perhaps none more important than the understanding that investments in improving our STEM education courses, especially with regard to student success, will be more than paid for by improved retention.

College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences, Dean Rolando Flores

Fun while learning! The Clovis Agricultural Science Center’s program “Cultivating Young Minds” is an annual event targeting 5th grade students from Clovis Elementary Schools. The students had a chance to visit the Center and learn about who we are and what we do. This year’s event was a great success. Ten schools participated with a total of 610 students. After a brief introduction by Abdel Mesbah, students from each school spent 45 minutes learning about soils, good and bad bugs in soil, and variety of seeds that we plant to grow crops (Rajan Ghimire) and plant growth, development, and food production (Sultan Begna). At the end of the lectures, students had the chance to go to the center’s pumpkin field to pick a pumpkin or two to take home. Due to the interest expressed by teachers and parents, we might consider inviting other schools outside the Clovis area in the future.

The New Mexico Association of County Agricultural Agents hosted the 16th National Association of County Agricultural Agents Western Region Professional Improvement Conference in the Albuquerque area.  The first day consisted of the presenting of papers from the agents from nine western states with the furthest coming from Alaska.  The second day involved a tour visiting the: Silver Leaf Farms in Corrales which grows vegetable for restaurants and niche markets in the Albuquerque and Santa Fe areas; State Veterinary Diagnostic Lab operated by the New Mexico Department of Agriculture; the Gutierrez-Hubbell House in Albuquerque’s South Valley which is being used as a business incubator for beginning farmers with the assistance of the Bernalillo County Extension Office; and the NMSU Agricultural Science Center in Los Lunas.  Altogether, the event was attended by 53 people.


NMSU Extension Associates Lourdes Olivas and Gabe Calderon, offered the first Chronic Disease Self-Management Program held in Gerald Thomas Hall. Recruitment included using the NMSU Hotline that helped make the first campus series a success. Workshops were held every Monday evening for 6-weeks at no cost to the attendees. The evidence-based program is designed to help participants become self-managers of their chronic condition or provide necessary support for a loved one. NMSU Extension Family & Consumer Sciences is subcontracted from the NM Department of Health under the Paths to Health NM programs.



Extension Family and Consumer Sciences agents and specialists represented New Mexico at the National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (NEAFCS) annual session in Omaha, Nebraska.  Cindy Davies, county director and FCS agent in Bernalillo County received the Distinguished Service Award for New Mexico. Rick Griffiths, FCS agent in San Juan County hosted an information table for the Extension Disaster Education Network (EDEN) as part of his national EDEN board member role. Karim Martinez, county director and FCS agent in Doña Ana County assisted in presenting a poster for the NEAFCS Diversity Committee. This poster highlighted outreach efforts by committee member states that reach diverse audiences and informed NEAFCS members of diversity resources on the NEAFCS website. Sonja Koukel, Extension Community & Environmental Health Specialist, attended the FCS Program Leaders’ meetings.


College of Arts & Sciences, Dean Enrico Pontelli



31st Annual HACU Conference   Lt. Col. Blanca Reyes, Military Science & Army ROTC attended the 31st Annual HACU Conference in San Diego, California. Kudos to Lt. Col. Reyes for her wonderful presentation for ROTC at the conference. Photos of Lt. Col. Blanca Reyes with Dean Louí Reyes of our Graduate School, and with actor Cheech Marin.




Global Connections   The commander of New Mexico State University’s Air Force Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (AFROTC) will give a talk on leading a Boy Scout troop in Nepal as part of the 2017 “Global Connections series in the College of Arts and Sciences.  Klomp’s presentation is at 5 p.m. Wednesday, November 8 in the Health and Social Services Auditorium, Room 101A.  In 2013, Lt. Col. Jeremiah Klomp, also an Eagle Scout, the highest rank someone in the Boy Scouts of America can achieve, was stationed in Taiwan as the American Embassy attaché.


College of Business, Dean James Hoffman

Along with Chancellor Carruthers, I attended a check presentation from PepsiCo for the funding of a new Bottling Group LLC current use scholarship. Juniors or seniors with a declared major in business a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.75 will be eligible for $1,000 scholarships.  The scholarship reflects the mission at PepsiCo to develop diversity and have inclusive opportunities for people to work at the company.

I met with Accounting alum Tony Boor (`89), CFO of Blackbaud. Blackbaud delivers a donor database and financial software for many non-profit agencies across the country.  Tony also spoke to an accounting and finance class about his business experience.

I participated in various candidate interviews for faculty positions throughout the college.

College of Education, Dean Donald Pope-Davis



College of Education, Dean Don Pope-Davis – Keynote Speaker at the NAACP State Convention   The 66th Annual State Convention of the NAACP Branches of New Mexico gathered together on Saturday, October 28 to hear a provocative keynote address delivered by College of Education Dean Don Pope-Davis. Deftly weaving together several powerful stories to address the convention theme, “Steadfast and Immovable,” Pope-Davis offered a stirring narrative that was both informative and inspirational.  At the conclusion of the address, New Mexico NAACP State Conference President Daniel Johnson presented Pope-Davis with a commemorative plaque of appreciation for engaging the hearts and minds of convention attendees.



The College of Education welcomed trick-or-treaters from Myrna’s Children’s Village for fun and treats during the annual costume parade! Captain America, Minnie Mouse, Spider-man, Ghosts, Princesses, a Police Officer and more great characters, visited all four floors of the College. Faculty and staff crafted creative treats and a welcoming environment for the School of Young Children staff and children.


Myrna’s Children’s Village offers early care and education programs for NMSU students, faculty, staff, and community families and children, six weeks to five years of age. Through a variety of program options for infants, toddlers, and preschool children, families have choices to meet the childcare and educational needs of their young children.




25th International Reconceptualizing Early Childhood Education (RECE) Conference   NMSU Early Childhood faculty and students presented papers at the 25th International Reconceptualizing Early Childhood Education (RECE) conference held in Toronto, Canada. Pictured are Amanda Armstrong (1st from left), Dr. Michelle Salazar Pérez (3rd from left), Margarita Ruiz Guerrero (5th from left), and Berta Carela (6th from left). The title of their panel was ‘Now let us shift’: Infusing women of color epistemologies in early childhood studies.

Homecoming Festivities – Counseling & Educational Psychology Department   The School Psychology Graduate Student Organization won 1st Place overall in their category for their participation in Dia de los Aggies: winning parade float (1st place) and awesome door decorating (2nd place) as well as other efforts! They also did a fantastic job promoting School Psychology and being participatory members of the NMSU community.

College of Engineering, Dean Lakshmi Reddi


The College of Engineering held the official Wall-Breaking Ceremony for Eloy Torrez Family Learning Communities in Engineering to celebrate the launch of this visionary new center, a top priority of Dean Reddi. The space is open and renovations are soon to begin to make this space more functional to its purpose. In the first two months of this semester, the center has conducted more than 1,100 mentoring sessions, delivered by high-performing students known as Peer Learning Facilitators.

The center is named for major donors Eloy and Sheila Torrez. Other donors include Manny and Alex Mora, Richard and Cindy Leza, the MAE Academy, Randy Rothschild, and many others.



The College of Engineering hosted the 25th nnual Scholarship Breakfast for more than 120 scholarship donors and recipients.  Noted guests this year, included Orlando Cervantes, BSCE `60, who recently established the Orlando Cervantes Endowed Scholarship. The keynote speaker was Scholarship Donor Richard Leza, BSCE `73 and NMSU honorary Doctor of Laws `97. A video of scholarship recipients can be viewed at



Engineering New Mexico Resource Network recently hosted the annual NM BEST Robotics competition.  The theme of this year’s game was CrossFire and teams were tasked with designing robots to assist first responders.  The competition attracted 26 school-based teams from across New Mexico and El Paso with more than 350 students participating.  The competition involved oral presentations, booths to market their designed robots, engineering notebooks and actual game competition.  More than 100 faculty, engineering students and community volunteers served as judges for the various components of the competition.  Seven teams will advance to BEST Regionals in Dallas, Texas in December.


The Discovery Festival in Albuquerque on November 3 and 4, was a great opportunity to showcase to elementary and middle school aged students the excitement of STEM. Through the use of hands-on demonstrations that included making slime and shaving cream art, NMSU Chemical and Materials Engineering students taught participants about chemical and physical properties of materials. The students were amazed by the activities, asked a lot of questions, were excited to learn and get messy.

The NMSU AICHE booth was recognized twice: Best Hands-on Demonstration out of the 41 booths which included other universities and companies; and Kids Choice Award, determined by the votes of the 2,500 students who attended the event.


Santa Rosa High School Senior Christine Shank presented her poster on Waste Pollution at the 2017 AMP Conference last week. Shank designed her poster with five other high school students during the NM PREP High School Academy this past summer. The poster, which served as the final project for the students participating in the PREP summer program, explained what their proposed solution to pollution would be based on an activity led by Dr. Catie Brewer from the NMSU Chemical Engineering Department that focused on the many uses and research behind recycling plastics.



College of Health and Social Services, Dean Donna Wagner

University Library, Dean Elizabeth Titus



The NMSU Library’s Social Activity Committee (SAC) showed their appreciation to our student employee and staff with a Halloween celebration. Library Student employees from Library Administration, Technical Services, Access Services, Reference, and Archives decorated their door for a Halloween Door Contest.  The winner of the contest was students from Archives and Special Collections department. Good Job students! SAC also started our annual Aggie Cupboard Food Drive which run until November 15.




Academic libraries in NM in partnership with the New Mexico Academic Library Consortium Legislative Committee and the New Mexico Library Association Legislative Committee have been working on legislative activities associated with 2018 Library GO Bond initiatives. The most recent Library GO Bond resulted in 3.5 million dollars being distributed to academic libraries eligible for GO Bond funds.  On August 28, 2017 the NMCAL Legislative Committee represented by its Chair, Ruben Aragon met with others to review a presentation for the Legislative Finance Committee. The Legislative Finance Committee meeting was held on October 26 where both the NMLA and the NMCAL Legislative Committees were represented. These hearings are first steps in the process of getting legislative language written which , if approved, will result in the citizens of NM voting to support the 2018 GO Bond.


Graduate School, Dean Louἰ Reyes

Honors College, Dean Miriam Chaiken

The Honors College’s favorite holiday, Halloween, was celebrated by all on Tuesday with goofy costumes and way too much sugar intake. The Halloween decorations are a big annual tradition in our building.

Dean Chaiken spent two days in Albuquerque, both to do some recruiting for NMSU, and to represent the university at the state-wide conference on Advanced Placement credits.

Associate Dean Tim Ketelaar worked with our student staff to produce new brief videos highlighting the successes of our students who have received the International Research Scholarships. We hope to have those videos available to view on our web site very soon.

On Frida,y the Honors College hosted a visit from Dr. Lisa Elliott, the director of the Honors Program at EPCC. We discussed ways to build bridges between our two institutions and to provide opportunities for the students at EPCC to continue to degree completion here on our campus.

Administration and Finance, Senior Vice President Andy Burke

National Cyber Security Awareness at NMSU   National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM), recognized every October, is a collaborative effort between government, education, and industry to raise public awareness about cyber security. During the month of October, ICT held six presentations on NMSU Main Campus, one of which was available online, to inform the NMSU Community about safe online practices and privacy in computing. This year, in addition to the Las Cruces Campus, the ICT Security team traveled to all of the Community Colleges, presenting to approximately 500 attendees around the state on cyber security.  ICT’s Student Technology and Planning held several information tables, where tips and best practices were shared with students.

NMSU Student Firefighters   Congratulations to Student Firefighters Ross Chavez (left) and Thomas Ontiveros (right) who both recently received their NM EMT-B licensure. Students must acquire their license within their first year of employment at the NMSU Fire Department. In addition to being students at NMSU, they train and perform to the International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC) Firefighter II standard. Over 50 percent of our emergency calls for service are for medical aid. By adding these licensed EMTs to the department, they benefit the Fire Department’s medical response capability and demonstrate the EMTs commitment and dedication to serve.


Sweets for Trick-or-Treat   On Monday, October 30, Student Family Housing held a successful Trick-or-Treat night.  Forty-nine families residing in the Student Family Housing area volunteered to hand out candy.  Residents were provided with door signs and candy to distribute.  As dusk approached, residents lit their porchlights and placed welcoming signs on their doors to signal that trick-or-treaters were welcome. One resident estimated giving candy to over 100 children during the course of the evening. Additionally, entertaining activities were available for children living in Family Housing. This event provided a safe and enjoyable evening for children who live in campus housing and their families.


Night Rescue Drill at A Mountain   NMSU Fire Department (NMSU FD) along with members of the Mesilla Valley Search and Rescue Team participated in a night rescue drill on Thursday, October 26, at A Mountain.  The drill consisted of locating an injured hiker, assessing injuries, and transporting the hiker off the mountain using rope rescue techniques that the NMSU firefighters have been working on this past month.  NMSU FD Captain Kellen Tarkington, a certified rope rescue technician, led the group of NMSU firefighters on the drill.  Each year NMSU FD is called out approximately six times for actual rescues like this in the Organ Mountains, A Mountain and surrounding areas.

Student Affairs/Enrollment Management, Vice President Bernadette Montoya

Career Services hosted PepsiCo Team (Mr. David DePoy, vice president, Foodservice Sales at Pepsi Bottling Group and Mr. Christopher Gonzales, HR associate manager for New Mexico and West Texas) who conducted classroom presentations, information table and campus interviews.  Geico was on campus for two days tabling in Corbett Center and meeting with student groups. Also DXC Technology from El Paso shared the company mission with Career Services and faculty reps from Computer Science and Electrical Engineering.  All these employers desire to continue to build a strong relationship with the NMSU community and participate in events with student groups, classrooms and career fairs to meet and interview good NMSU talent for future employment ranging from internships to full-time employment upon graduation.  The Art of Behavioral Interviewing was offered to students through a workshop conducted by Dr. Anne Hubbell.

The Student Success Center’s Red to Green Financial Wellness Peer Coach Teddy Herrera provided a basic financial wellness workshop to TRIO Upward Bound Students and their parents from the Las Cruces Public School District on October 25, and the Gadsden Independent School District on November 1. The basic financial wellness workshop provided information related to budgeting tips, credit card information, protecting one’s identity and capitalizing on financial aid resources.  The partnership with the TRIO Upward Bound Program has allowed the Red to Green Financial Wellness program to share valuable information with students and their parents.

Congratulations to four New Mexico State University TRIO Student Support Services participants who competed and received 4 of the 6 scholarships awarded by the TRIO New Mexico Association. The TRIO SSS participant’s campus involvement and academic persistence were significant factors that resulted in their selection of the scholarship awards. Alma Chavez, who will be graduating this fall – received the Walter O. Mason Scholarship Award, the highest scholarship award for a TRIO participant. This award is given to the student who most exemplifies overcoming odds while remaining positive and persevering. Melissa Grijalva-Hernandez, Alessa Ibanez, and Isabel Rivera received the TRIO NM Scholarship. The TRIO New Mexico Scholarship was created to recognize TRIO participants in the state of New Mexico who have demonstrated academic success and are committed to their academic success. Go Aggies!

University Financial Aid and Scholarship Services staff conducted the final FAFSA night for this semester, at Hatch High School, where 36 students and their families were assisted.

  • For students being admitted for Fall 2018, we have awarded scholarships to 1,906 unduplicated students.
  • On Halloween the debt fighting superheroes all showed up to help reduce student debt. The debt fighting team is pictured.
    Financial Aid Numbers for the week included:

    • Students assisted at the front window: 196
    • Students assisted on the main phone line: 88
    • Students assisted via main email: 31
    • Students assisted at CAASS (Center for Academic Advising and Student Support): 23



On October 30, the Office of the Dean of Students hosted their annual Haunted House. The theme this year was Cuentos de los Muertos, Tales of the Dead. Each room brought back the spirits of yesterday such as the girl in the Amador Hotel, Rebecca at the Lodge at Cloud Croft, Double Eagle and La Llorona. The house included NMSU tales as well such as ghosts of Goddard Hall and RGH. Entrance into the house was free. Approximately 100 students and staff braved the expedition through the past.



Campus Activities coordinated the 26th Annual HALLOWEEN HOWL. Costumes and games provided for an evening of fun at the carnival on the south end of the intramural field Tuesday night, October 31. NMSU Fire, NMSU Police and Sodexo joined as sponsors for this year and hosted over 500 children and their families during the event. More than 30 student organizations participated with booths/games/activities. Emergency Services personnel and vehicles were on site for the children to view and learn about safety preparedness. All participants had a ghoulishly good time.


On November 2, Michael Jasek, dean of students, Will Waller, assistant dean of students; and Jeff Ferguson, assistant dean of students took part in the Southwestern Conference on Campus Sexual Violence at the East Mesa Conference. The conference was hosted by the Office of Institutional Equity, Police Department, and the Office of the Dean of Students. There were 63 participants from all over the states which included many staff members from New Mexico colleges and universities. The guest speaker was Justin Boardman, a leader in trauma informed responses.



The American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers holds a Strategic Enrollment Management conference every fall. Dacia Sedillo, associate vp for Enrollment Management and University Registrar, led a team of five NMSU staff members to the 2017 AACRAO SEM Conference in Phoenix, Arizona. The SEM Team Experience provides campus teams with a nationally recognized enrollment management facilitator. The conference and team experience provide three full days of professional development and learning experiences meant to enable attendees to bring key SEM concepts back to their campus. The additional NMSU team members were Dean Don Pope-Davis, AVP Cornell Menking, Communications Strategist Phillip Johnson, and International Recruiter Jorge Ramos. NMSU’s team facilitator was Tomikia LeGrande, vp for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management at University of Houston-Downtown.



Units in the division of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management, partnered to help the local high school students celebrate the final regular season football games on Aggie Stomping Grounds at Aggie Memorial Stadium. Over the course of two nights, over 500 high school students, family members and local community members visited with NMSU representatives, met Pistol Pete and Striking the Wonder Dog, got temporary tattoos of their team, played giant Jenga and Aggie Twister, took photos and picked up lots of Aggie giveaways.

Vice President for Economic Development, Vice President Kevin Boberg

CraftBox Design Hours   On Friday, Arrowhead hosted its monthly CraftBox Design Hour, an event where design entrepreneurs share lessons learned about the professional intersection of art, design, business, and entrepreneurship. This month featured a speaker panel of Las Cruces-based creative businesses, including representatives from Southwest Creative Co., NMCO, and Palamora. The panel discussion covered common problems and solutions for creative businesses, appropriate design rates, and strategies for understanding customer needs. This is the last CraftBox event of the semester.  The series will resume on the first Friday in February.

More information about CraftBox Design can be found at

Vice President for Research, Interim Vice President Luis Vázquez

The final report for the 13th International Symposium for Personal and Commercial Spaceflight indicates total attendance of 172 with 38 sponsors, 12 exhibitors and 31 speakers attending and participating.  Sr. research scientist, Dr. Paulo Oemig provided the Commercial Space Task Force quarterly report to the BorderPlex 2020 Steering Committee on October 16.  Dr. Hynes convened the 9th meeting of the Spaceflight Life Sciences working group on Friday, October 20. Dr. Hynes is speaking on Friday, November 3 at the Harvard Business School on The Business and Economics of Space Conference.

Michelle Duttle, contract administrator in the Office of Grants and Contracts (OGC), will participate in a podcast for Arrowhead Center’s Studio G, the Aggie I-Corps’ Entrepreneurs, and NM FAST participants.  Aggie I-Corps is a training program to test the feasibility of a business idea.  The goals of this program are to spur translation of research, to encourage collaboration between academia and industry, and to train students to understand innovation and entrepreneurship. Studio G’s mission is to help student Aggies start businesses.  Since 2013, Studio G has helped 550+ student entrepreneurs working on more than 300 ventures.  NM FAST (New Mexico Federal and State Technology) offers eligible small businesses assistance with funding efforts through Federal Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs.  In the podcast, Michelle will provide information pertaining to OGC’s proposal submission and award process; she will also be a mentor/advisor for various entrepreneurs/participants of Studio G and Aggie I-Corp on an ongoing basis.


The New Mexico Water Resources Research Institute (NM WRRI) issued the October issue of the New Mexico Water eNews. The online newsletter highlighted a desalination workshop hosted last week by the institute, announced the publication of a report on household water quality in southern New Mexico, described the research by NMSU undergraduate Stephanie Richins on reducing the toxicity of arsenic in water, and welcomed a new staff member, Avery Olshefski. Avery will coordinate two of the institute’s projects, the Transboundary Aquifer Assessment Program (TAAP) and the NMSU-Reclamation cooperative agreement on the development and use of alternative water supplies. To view the October issue of the New Mexico Water eNews, click here.


Students, faculty, and staff from the Water Science & Management (WSM) Program participated in Ag Day, an NMSU Homecoming event hosted by the New Mexico Department of Agriculture, NMSU College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Science, and presented by the New Mexico Farm and Livestock Bureau. Program brochures were handed out and a podcast was produced that engaged public input about water use in our state. To learn more about the interdisciplinary graduate degree program, click here.


University Advancement, Vice President/Foundation Executive Director Andrea Tawney

Homecoming Events    The Saturday of NMSU Homecoming week was a fun filled day celebrating all things Aggie. The morning began with the Celebration of Traditions Memorial Ceremony honoring Aggies lost during military service. NMSU alumni who graduated 50 or more years ago were honored at the Golden A’s Luncheon. The day ended with the Alumni Tailgate with more than 200 people in attendance and the Distinguished Alumni honored during halftime at the Aggie football game.



PepsiCo. Recognition   University Advancement, Marketing and Communications on Tuesday, October 31, recognized PepsiCo. for its support of a new scholarship in the College of Business during a short ceremony at Corbett Center. Chancellor Garrey Carruthers, College of Business Dean James Hoffman, University Advancement Chief Operating Officer Tina Byford, and Dave DePoy of PepsiCo. participated in a check-passing ceremony. PepsiCo., which spent two days on campus meeting and interviewing students, is providing $10,000 to start the new scholarship.


Ag Day Sponsors   Our College of ACES development officers and our sponsorship lead worked together to obtain $38,000 in sponsorships from ag-centric businesses from across New Mexico for the college’s fifth annual Ag Day prior to Saturday’s Homecoming game, with the NM Farm & Livestock Bureau serving as the presenting sponsor for the event, which included more than 40 organizations and exhibitors showcasing New Mexico agriculture products.

Engineering Scholarships   A College of Engineering alumnus and his wife have given $250,000 to establish a memorial scholarship in honor of John Hernandez. The scholarship will assist College of Engineering junior or senior level undergraduate students who are at risk of disenrollment or re-enrollment for upcoming terms due to their financial situation. The award amount can be up to 20 percent of tuition and fees.

Athletics, Director Mario Moccia

The NMSU Golf Course generously hosted the 2017 WAC Cross Country Championships on Saturday, October 28. The men’s team placed third which is an improvement from last year where they finished in fifth place. The women’s team won the WAC Championship which is the first since 2009. Coach Joseph Rath won the WAC Coach of the Year award for women’s cross country.


The athletic department spoke to the Aggie Pride Band on Monday after practice to thank them for their tremendous support in football and men’s basketball. We have seen a tremendous improvement in the band and our partnership under the direction of Interim Assistant Director Steve Smyth.


The department of athletics recently launched the Football Locker Campaign. Individual lockers are available to be sponsored by former football players for $1,500. There are 91 lockers available for sponsorship which could generate $136,500 to support NM State Aggie football. Interest has been high as 15 lockers have already been reserved.

Many NM State Athletic alums returned for homecoming week. Swim & Dive as well as baseball had organized alumni events. The NM Farm and Livestock Bureau partnered with the NM Department of Agriculture to sponsor Ag Day. There were over 40 booths, a petting zoo, horseback rides and many other events before the football game. The Aggies lost a tough homecoming game to the SBC Champions Arkansas State Red Wolves. The 2017 homecoming student attendance was the best recorded since 2009.

International and Border Programs, Associate Provost Cornell Menking

The Office of Education Abroad organized 19 Exchange Students & 5 NMSU Study Abroad Ambassadors who volunteered their time at Fairacres Elementary School in Las Cruces, New Mexico for the school’s Annual Fall Festival.  The students helped with a variety of tasks, including selling tickets and monitoring jumping balloons for the kids attending the event.  For most of the students, it was their first experience in an elementary school in the U.S. and attending a typical American Fall Festival.  The group had a great time, as did Fairacres’ kids, family and staff!

OEA has completed over 135 classroom, department and club presentations so far, this semester! If you would like us to come speak to your class or club about international opportunities, send an email

Applications have closed for the first annual Global Citizens Project. Ten students will be selected to be the first Global Citizens Project Scholars which will provide NMSU students who have never been abroad with the financial resources to have an international experience. Combined with leadership workshops, learning how to engage in the local and global community and learning about intercultural communication, students will be spending 8 days in Costa Rica on a non-credit faculty-led program led by ACES college faculty Dr. Brenda Seevers with support from the Arts and Science College faculty, Professor Jeff Longwell and Dr. Eric Morgan.

Aggies Go Global has launched the first Women’s Economic Leadership Scholar program to India! The Women’s Economic Leadership Scholar program provides female NMSU ACES college undergraduate and graduate students to have a global conference experience, focusing on students who may not otherwise have the opportunity to go abroad. Organized by Aggies Go Global, selected participants will spend 11 days in India on a non-credit program attending the Women’s Economic Forum conference, leadership workshops, and learning how to become a global citizen leader. Deadline is November 27, 2017.

Aggies Go Global has set up payroll deduction and a donor button for those interested in helping send students abroad for conferences, research and volunteer opportunities. For other ways to support AGG, please visit

The Passport Office in International and Border Programs held a Passport Fair on October 21, assisting approximately 45 teachers and families from Las Cruces Public Schools with their passport needs. The office processed 140 new applications during the month of October.

During the week of November 13 to 17, the Passport office will offer free passport and visa photos in exchange for donations to the Aggie Cupboard for the Thanksgiving Holiday.

Marketing and Communications, Interim Associate Vice President Justin Bannister

Marketing Services and Web Communications   Marketing and Communications is happy to announce that we have received three awards in the 2017 MarCom International Award Competition.  MarCom Awards is an international creative competition that recognizes outstanding achievement by marketing and communication professionals and is administered and judged by the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals.  We received a gold award for the “No Limits No Boundaries 1-10 corridor billboard” and the “Discover NMSU Undergraduate Viewbook.”  We also received an Honorable Mention for the “Ignite Aggie Discovery Campaign Website.”



KRWG/SPU   Two special previews of KRWG’s local production of “Our Stories: Vietnam” took place this week. Monday evening was in the Light Theater of Western New Mexico University. Thursday night NMSU-Alamogordo hosted a viewing for the program. Of the 15 veterans interviewed, three are from the Silver City area and five are from around Alamogordo. A final Las Cruces event will be held next Thursday at Good Samaritan Village for the other seven participants. The series will debut on KRWG TV November 13, 14 and 15 at 7 p.m. as a part of Veterans Day activities.



Government Relations, Assistant Vice President Ricardo Rel

The House Ways and Means Committee released details on their tax reform bill, the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.”  The bill includes changes to endowments and charitable giving that would impact higher education.  In charitable giving, for filers who itemize, the current 50 percent limitation for cash contributions to public charities and certain private foundations would be increased to 60 percent.  The deduction for interest on student loans and the deduction for qualified tuition and related expenses would be eliminated.    For a section-by-section report of the bill, go to

Upcoming Legislative Related Events:

November 6-7, Economic and Rural Development Committee

  • Status Update on the Rapid Workforce Development Fund
    • Barbara Brazil, Deputy Secretary, Economic Development Department (invited)
    • Dr. Barbara Damron, Secretary, Higher Education Department
    • Celina Bussey, Secretary, WSD
  • Consideration of Proposed Legislation for Committee Endorsemen
    • Appropriation for New Mexico-Grown Fresh Fruits and Vegetables 1:45 p.m.
    • Appropriation for Jobs Council Retirement Attraction Initiative
    • Appropriation for Colfax County Aquifer Mapping 2:45 p.m.
    • Frontier Village Investment and Development Memorial
    • TBD

November 13, Investments and Pensions Oversight Committee

  • Educational Retirement Board (ERB)
    • Transparency
    • Actuarial Valuation
    • GASB Statements 67 and 68
    • Proposed Legislation
    • Jan Goodwin, Executive Director, ERB
    • Roderick Ventura, General Counsel, ERB

November 16, Legislative Education Study Committee

Career Technical Education in High Performing Countries and the United States

Robert Schwartz, Professor Emeritus of Practice in Educational Policy and Administration, Harvard Graduate School of Education and Co-Leader of Pathways to Prosperity; and Amy Loyd, Associate Vice President, Building Educational Pathways for Youth, Jobs for the Future

Potential Committee Sponsored Legislation. Joseph Simon, Senior Fiscal Analyst, LESC

New Mexico Department of Agriculture, Director/Secretary Jeff M. Witte

NMDA, in coordination with ACES and the agricultural industry, hosted the 5th Annual Agricultural Day at the NMSU Aggie Homecoming football game.  There were over 40 exhibitors, live animals, music by Tell Runyan, and Trick or Treat with Pistol Pete.

I met with representatives from the Embassy of Mexico to discuss trade opportunities, the recent Tri-National Accord and other opportunities for the State of New Mexico. Mexico represents a large trade partner for not only New Mexico, but the United States. NMDA has strong relationships in Mexico which continue to lead to increased sales of agriculture products.

Staff is working with New Mexico Albertson’s Grocers to put in large island merchandisers to promote and sell Taste the Tradition® products.

NMSU Police, Chief Stephen Lopez



Southwestern Conference on Campus Sexual Violence   Six members of the Police Department attended the Conference on Campus Sexual Violence held on November 2, at the Dona Ana Community College, and Chief Lopez and Commander Harvey provided presentations.  Overall topics included sexual harassment, dating violence, stalking and sexual assault.  There were over 50 people in attendance at the inaugural event, which focused on trauma-informed investigation of sexual violence cases.



Halloween Howl   The department participated in the Halloween Howl held on the Intramural Fields.  The police officers ran Halloween-themed ring toss and ball toss games, giving away small toys and candy to the hundreds of participants.  Children also had a chance to look at the electric motorcycle and a police truck.  (Photo thanks to Fire Chief Carrillo)


Police Officer Hiring   A hiring process was conducted on November 2 for police officer positions within the department.  The testing included a physical agility test, a written exam, and an oral board interview for those applicants that pass both the agility test and the written exam.  Those candidates who passed the above now move on to interviews with the Command Staff (the Police Department’s leadership team), and then potentially to background checks, medical exams, psychological exams, and polygraphs.

Accreditation, Executive Director Shelly Stovall

New Mexico State University – Doña Ana, President Renay Scott

Get Advised Get Registered   Campaign to get students to get advised and get registered begins this week. Students will be reminded to have an academic plan, a career plan and to register early.




Culinary Arts   Students are preparing lunch every Wednesday at noon. Several special events have been catered by the students with rave reviews.




Auto Day    Open auto day was held for students, faculty and staff with the Automotive Technology student club providing services for automobiles at a reduced cost.




New Mexico State University – Alamogordo, President Ken Van Winkle

On Saturday, NMSU-A faculty, staff, and supporters of the Aggie Cupboard Alamogordo helped serve a community meal at the Otero Hunger Coalition Community Resource Day. Serving the meal on behalf of NMSU-A were Greg Hillis, John Adams, and Beth Hillis. One hundred and five meals were served. Judie Strawderman from NMSU-A was on site to provide information about Adult Education.

On Tuesday, NMSU-A students, faculty, and staff took a little fun time to celebrate Halloween. Many students, faculty, and staff dressed up for the holiday, and decorated their offices, departments, and areas. Students from Professor Kim Lopez-Gallagher’s History 201G class dressed as notable historical figures.

HIST 210G students Gabriel Mauger, Ellie Mauger and Alex Spencer.

On Thursday, the NMSU-A LULAC Club hosted a cultural event, Día de los Muertos. Dr. Juan Garcia gave a presentation explaining the customs and history of the holiday. A meal was shared to celebrate the lives of departed loved ones, and an altar was in place with items that are found at a traditional Día de los Muertos celebration. Those who attended the celebration were invited to bring photos of departed loved ones to place at the alter.

LULAC member, Angela Lopez with the
Dia de Los Muertos alter.

On Thursday, retired faculty and staff returned to the NMSU-A campus for a retiree appreciation reception. They were welcomed by president Ken Van Winkle as well as current faculty and staff. Dr. Van Winkle provided an update on the campus, and thanked the retirees for both their past service, and the many things they currently do for NMSU-A.

NMSU-A president Ken Van Winkle welcoming those who attended Retiree Appreciation.

New Mexico State University – Carlsbad, President John Gratton

On Monday October 30, the NMSU Carlsbad campus hosted Trick or Treating for area youth during the afternoon and in the evening the campus hosted a Halloween Carnival which attracted over 600 individuals.  Many office areas decorated and wore costumes and the day’s activities were a lot of fun.

On Tuesday, October 31, NMSU Carlsbad representatives attended a welding area pre-construction meeting in preparation for the welding area renovation. The pre-construction meeting was very well-attended and significant progress was made towards the initiation of this renovation which will increase the number of welding machines that are available for student use.

On Thursday, November 2, NMSU Carlsbad hosted a Transfer Fair.  Representatives from New Mexico State University, Texas Tech University, Western New Mexico University, the University of New Mexico, Eastern New Mexico University, and two military branches were on the Carlsbad campus from10:00 AM to 3:00 PM to discuss transfer opportunities with interested students.

On Friday, November 3, NMSU Carlsbad conducted its monthly meeting of the Steering Committee.  Each Standing Committee chair reported on their committee’s activities in the past month.  In addition, the Collaboration Council reported on the initiation of the Strategic Plan reports as assigned to the respective Standing Committees.

New Mexico State University – Grants, President Mickey Best

The NMSU Grants Library in conjunction with the campus’s Title V office and the Writing Center hosted the October open mic poetry night for an evening of readings. Twenty-one people attended the event including students, staff, faculty, and members of the public.  Participants were provided feedback on their work after taking turns reading their original writing and poems by their favorite authors.

NMSU-Grants President Dr. Mickey D. Best gave a spirited rendition of The Mountain Whippoorwill by Stephen Vincent Benet. Attendees were given information on upcoming events and services which the NMSU Grants campus offers.

NMSU Grants hosted Board of Regent Mitchell and Student Regent Vella for an open “listening session” at the campus on the early evening of November 2.  In attendance were members of the NMSU Grants Faculty and Staff as well as community representatives from Grants and Cibola County and representatives from the Laguna and Acoma tribal communities.  Topical areas communicated to the two regents included the importance of maintaining a strong connection between the NMSU Board of Regents and the Advisory Board (comprised of the members of the Grants/Cibola County School Board), providing strong support for the NMSU Grants campus as a system college, and strengthening ties to the various service area constituents.

Associated Students of New Mexico State University-Kevin Prieto

The “Dia de los Aggies” Homecoming parade was held on October 28 on University Avenue. Community, student organizations, and greek life all participated in the annual parade. Chi Omega Alpha Gamma Rho Alpha Tau Omega Delta Sigma were the winners for Student organization with more than 30 members (Category 1) and School Psychology Graduate Student Organization won for Student Organization with less than 30 members (Category 2). Thank you to everyone who participated in the parade and all of the Homecoming festivities!


At the Aggie Homecoming football game, ASNMSU crowned this year’s Homecoming Royalty. We had five king candidates and three queen candidates campaign for two weeks. Our 2017 “Dia de los Aggies” Homecoming Queen was Sarah Ferguson and Homecoming King was Cade Patterson. The overall Homecoming winners were also announced. Sigma Chi, Alpha Xi Delta, and Phi Delta Theta took overall for Category 1 and School Psychology Graduate Student Organization for Category 2. A full list of winners can be found on our ASNMSU Social Media accounts.


The bi-weekly ASNMSU Senate meeting was held on November 2 in the Senate Chambers on the third floor of Corbett. Fourteen pieces of legislation passed through second readings.


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